FUCK it! oh fred what have you done, you’ve ruined your veneer of professionalism and the wholesome family appeal of the project by saying fuck on a public site… twice!

so my friends I been thinking about how we are not gonna be those people who make that successful community art event in a shop, that becomes a local talking point, that is a solid and beautifully conceived response to the specific context… and we are not gonna be that art collective from Bournemouth that creates a closing down sale in the busiest retail street in Britain… but that is fine because we’re not gonna be those people who just stop and say oh we tried but didn’t happen.

the way I see it is… we have designed and printed all these products… we have got a shit load of glue sticks on the way… so lets cut them out, stick them together and get them out there, I think all of us are already thinking in this direction… and I think unless anyone can state otherwise… we are not getting a shop and we don’t have the time or probably money to build one especially with all the health and safety issues that would entail...so let make portable market stalls and for 4 or 5 days pitch up outside empty shops and even functioning ones… if we want we can give out fake money to get people involved and could have explainers like before or we just be weird street sellers giving away products because our shop have gone under… we can move around or have more than one around town, and see what we can get away with… put up lots of signs… yes we will as ever consider what we do and how we present the work, how the specific context will create certain interpretations of the piece but it doesn’t have satisfy anyone but ourselves… we’re doing it, we’re paying for it.

and we can talk in our presentation about what is lost through this realisation of our idea, what is gained and what is changed… all it but we will have achieve something.

I think we should just make this happen, afterwards we can consider its achievements and failures but while making happen lets keep key our minds what we want to make for this project… and what we individually wanted… to know these things and find ways to realise the ones that can be achieved.

to get us started on key goals:

The audience we wanted was the general shop going public of Bournemouth town centre… so that’s where we will do it.

We wanted to highlight the absurdity of selling, the empty promises and accepted and inherent bullshit of marketing and product packaging…

We wanted to question the inflated sense of desire and need created in this capitalist system… to provoke thoughts around value and worth

We wanted to use the products as talking points on different idea relating to consumer culture and role as consumer… the products still convey the ideas even outside a fake shop frame work… and the audience will still be able to take home and posses the product container… it is less clearly centre on their role, less obviously  self-reflective as they would not be entering a confined performance space… but still scope for this to be a key experience for the audience.

We wanted to draw attention to the empty shops and question their future use… we can by making our pieces happen in front of them… and before the event would have been more balanced and positive well maybe our experience of trying to make things happen in these spaces has given us a less positive view for the future of these spaces for community/ art uses …   sign saying closing down… another saying coming soon another shop providing you with the things they think you want but you probably don’t need( some thing more catchy i guess)

We wanted to make a fun, lively and engaging experience.. we will

We wanted to take outwork outside of a gallery context.. it will be

We wanted to make work to response to a space and to the context of that space… it’s still the high street

We wanted to promote inquisitive nature of people, to get people thinking and questioning their experience… we can do this

We wanted to art work that didn’t require an art education to relate to … you even need to know it was art to become involved

We wanted to utilise humour and the common understanding of buying and selling products to make work that was inclusive.. we are doing that

We wanted people to be able engage on many levels, that audiences of different ages could become part of and interact with the experience of art… it will be different but still this will be set to happen

For me it’s about turning our conversation around this context into a work that does something beyond us… not change the world type stuff but make it considerably different for a period of time, give an experience this about and create for that place.

Most importantly to finish Project’ Shop’

Option update: I have just spoke to martin and he is speaking to Burlington arcade people and meeting them of Tuesday and says we still have options in Poole, we need to be realistic though all of these aren’t definite and may take more work and time than we have now, so I believe the market stalls are our best option.

Either way I think we should have a market stall at the Town center event on saturday the 24th so we have 16days till that… lots to do.


Today I had my new unit introduction: “articulating time and space”, the artists’ Julia showed us were pretty inspriational so I’m really looking forward to getting into the research. But the tutors were bang on with the feedback I got today with suggesting I get making as soon as I can into the project. OutsideIN wise- I need to find a way of fitting ’shop’ into my uni requirements, I will mull it over…

Fred and I met up with Clare Chapman (arts and events) today, she was really helpful, it’s really useful having someone onboard who has arts and events expertise- it’s all about course collaboration! Using all of our knowledge and bringing it together. In the meeting we covered the ’shop’ budget, and the cardboard house party; budget, DJ’s, sound systems, and sourcing cardboard. She suggested we contacted Celia from Stitch, who she reckons sources lots of recycled cardboard. So I’ve contacted her via Facebook. She also suggested we contact Hannah Ford, who put on House of trash last year in a disused shop, she could have some helpful pointers on health and safety and logistics of using that kind of space. So i have emailed her.

Hopefully this week we might hear something back from BBC Radio Solent, if not I reckon we should give them a call and see what’s going on. I also think it’s pretty important we get make sure we are setting up the presentations for the other departments so we can get people with other skills onboard with the project. Oo! and Vicky Wareham mentioned Matt Kay as one of our possible contacts- cardboard artist wise? we must chase that up.

Have also added the Stitch and Beat Redemption details (the bits we know about) to the calendar.

Writing all that makes me feel like I’ve had a productive day!

But I must water the plants they don’t look so happy- sorry Ellie!

Elzie x

The worst is over! the ellie (norovirus) virus has been defeated! go blood type O! anyway I feel rubbish but there is stuff to do and people to see… god I can’t believe it’s the 31st of January already, where did the time go? yeessh


Stitch have facebooked back: Stalls are free

Stitch Bournemouth 31 January at 14:13

“the stalls are free!

We dont charge you to come and sell =]

the next beat in on the 13th Feb.

And we’d need you there from around 9pm… Ill double check that for you.

Then the next stitch date is; 17th feb. and turn up from like 5.30pm.

Sorry for my delay, ive been in brighton for the beat redemption launch there!

Chantel xxx. “

Which is lovely jubbly for our pocket. However, still waiting on Clare Chapman from arts and events to get back to us with help with the Carboard House Party and details on tickets, alcohol pricing and selling… will keep you updated

This week I hope to:

  • have the party budget and details to a fine T
  • design the tickets (and maybe print them?)
  • Write my profile for the website (why am I dreading it?)
  • Bug Martin about Vis Com
  • Design and build a model structure for the Elton fine art/architecture colloboration project
  • Blog about all the research I’ve been doing

Until then… x (elzie)